ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Obesity May Raise Kids' Allergy Risk
Know Your Asthma Triggers
Molecule in Skin May Link Eczema and Asthma
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Acupuncture May Not Help Hot Flashes
Indian Spice May Thwart Liver Damage
Pain-Relieving Powers of Acupuncture Unclear
ANIMAL CARE
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
Beware of Dog Bites
Safe Toys for Dogs
BONES & JOINTS
Resistance Training Boosts Mobility in Knee Arthritis Patients
Vitamin K Doesn't Slow Bone Loss
Living Near Major Road May Boost Rheumatoid Arthritis Risk
CANCER
Sharing Cancer Info May Be Empowering
Healthy Behaviors Slow Functional Decline After Cancer
Occaisonal Dieting May Cut Breast Cancer, Study Says
CAREGIVING
For Dialysis Patients, More Pills = Lower Quality of Life
Critically Ill Patients Lack Vitamin D
Stressed Health Care Workers Battle 'Compassion Fatigue'
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Secondhand Smoke Quickly Affects Blood Vessels
Drink a Little Wine, Live a Little Longer
Health Tip: Are You Anemic?
COSMETIC
With Psoriasis, the Internet May Offer Hope
Health Tip: After Liposuction
What to Do If You Have Unsightly Veins
DENTAL, ORAL
Acupuncture May Ease Anxiety Over Dental Work
Dental Implants Need More Work Than Root Canals
Rheumatoid Arthritis May Harm Gums
DIABETES
Whole Grains Take a Bite Out of Type 2 Diabetes Risk
Treatment for Type 2 Diabetes Updated
Laughter May Lower Heart Attack Risk in Diabetics
DIET, NUTRITION
Antioxidant-Rich Foods Lose Nutritional Luster Over Time
Brown Rice Bests White for Diabetes Prevention
Soluble Fiber, But Not Bran, Soothes Irritable Bowel
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Chemicals in Carpets, Non-Stick Pans Tied to Thyroid Disease
Warmer-Than-Average Temperatures Raise Migraine Risk
Scorpion Anti-Venom Speeds Children's Recovery
EYE CARE, VISION
It's a Whole New Outlook for Cataract Patients
Florida Vision Test Law: Fewer Traffic Deaths Among Elderly
High Temps Degrade Contact Lens Solution: Study
FITNESS
Exercise Keeps the Brain Young
Mom and Baby Alike May Benefit From Exercise
Being Active an Hour a Day Puts Brakes on Weight Gain
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Gum Chewing May Speed Colon Surgery Recovery
New Guidelines Issued for Management of IBS
Olive Oil May Protect Against Bowel Disease
GENERAL HEALTH
Food and Water Supply Poisoned by Perchlorate
Swine Flu May Pose Problems for Pregnant Women
'Soda Tax' Wins Health Experts' Support
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
E-Mailing Your Way to Healthier Habits
Using Light Therapy to Silence Harmful Brain Activity
The Internet Is Becoming One-Stop Shopping for Health Help
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Too-Low Blood Pressure Can Also Bring Danger
Omega-6 Fatty Acids Can Be Good for You
Chinese Red Yeast Rice May Prevent Heart Attack
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Swine Flu Loves a Crowd
Bacterial Infections May Succumb to Honey
Dry Weather Boosts Odds of Flu Outbreaks
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Babies Who Eat Fish Lower Eczema Risk
St. John's Wort Doesn't Work for ADHD
Breast-Feeding May Protect a Woman's Heart
MEN'S HEALTH
Soy Linked to Low Sperm Count
Low Vitamin D Levels May Boost Men's Heart Attack Risk
Lots of Sex May Prevent Erectile Dysfunction
MENTAL HEALTH
Memory Loss Help from Brain Supplement Prevagen
Psychotherapy Can Boost Happiness More Than Money
Massage Fosters Healing in Bereaved Relatives
PAIN
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Yoga's Benefits Outweigh Risks for Pregnant Women
Mom's Extra Pregnancy Pounds May Raise Child's Heart Risks
Exercise As Well As Acupuncture, May Ease Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
SENIORS
Seniors Who Volunteer May Live Longer
Boost In Elderly Population Will Be Felt Worldwide
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Heart Defects in Newborns Linked to Antidepressants
Women Who Run May Benefit From Extra Folic Acid
For Women, Moderate Midlife Drinking Linked to Healthier Old Age
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Broccoli May Help Battle Breast Cancer

Eating broccoli just might have benefits in the fight against breast cancer.

At least in mice, a compound derived from broccoli appears to be able to kill breast cancer stem cells, which help tumors grow, according to a new study. But it's too soon to know if the compound would work in people. And the amount tested is larger than the amount people could consume in their diet.

The compound, known as sulforaphane, "has been studied previously for its effects on cancer, but this study shows that its benefit is in inhibiting the breast cancer stem cells," study co-author Duxin Sun, an associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences at the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy, said in a university news release.

The researchers administered sulforaphane to mice with breast cancer and monitored the number of cancer stem cells in their tumors. They found that the treated mice had fewer of the cells and that they couldn't generate new tumors. Tests on human breast cancer cells in the laboratory resulted in similar decreases in cancer stem cells, they reported.

"This research suggests a potential new treatment that could be combined with other compounds to target breast cancer stem cells," Dr. Max S. Wicha, an oncology professor and director of the university's Comprehensive Cancer Center, and also a study co-author, said in the news release. "Developing treatments that effectively target the cancer stem cell population is essential for improving outcomes."

SOURCES: University of Michigan, press release, May 3, 2010 Published on: May 06, 2010